Day in history for February 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The party held at the city hall last Friday eve, by the ladies of the Second Presbyterian Church, was well attended and everything passed off in fine style. We hear that the proceeds were about $115.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Commodore W.F. Davidson of the Northern Line Packet Co., Capt. Shethar, superintendent of the Line, and Capts. Abe Hutchinson and A. Lamont were scheduled to confer soon with Rock Island businessmen in regard to river freight rates.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The enlarged wing of St. Anthony's Hospital was completed.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A city amateur boxing tournament will be held at the Rock Island Armory starting March 15 under auspices of the Gibberman Bros. Athletic Club.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Bituminous Casualty Corporation and the Bituminous Fire and Marine Insurance Company, Rock Island, announced the appointment of E.J. Barlow, 1301 2nd Ave., Rock Island, as manager, and Carl East as safety engineer of the companies' new branch office in New Orleans.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Late bus arrivals and a hectic bus schedule prompted the purchase of a 16-passenger van by the Carbon Cliff-Barstow board of education. The present van will continue to be used, in order to meet the demands of a heavy schedule. Six to eight parents attended the meeting to learn the board's solution to the late pickup of children and late class arrivals.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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